Northwest Division


1. Denver Nuggets

They boast the same team with a couple additions that should contribute immediately.

2. Portland Trail Blazers

They aren’t playing around and are going for it this season with the moves they made in the offseason.

3. Utah Jazz

Expectations fell short for them last year, but adding Mike Conley should raise those expectations again.

4. Oklahoma City Thunder

Realizing they were in a lose-lose situation, they maximized their assets in dealing Russell Westbrook and Paul George in separate deals.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

They could be a sneaky good team, but there are too many questions surrounding the supporting cast around Karl-Anthony Towns.

Head Coach: Michael Malone

Key Position: Guards

Key Rookies: F Michael Porter Jr., C Bol Bol

Key Acquisitions: F Jerami Grant (Oklahoma City)

Starting Lineup: G Jamal Murray, G Gary Harris, F Will Barton, F Paul Millsap, C Nikola Jokic

Head Coach: Terry Stotts

Key Position: Forwards

Key Rookies: F Nassir Little

Key Acquisitions: C Hassan Whiteside (Miami), F Mario Hezonja (New York), G Kent Bazemore (Atlanta)

Starting Lineup: G Damian Lillard, G CJ McCollum, F Rodney Hood, F Zach Collins, C Hassan Whiteside

Head Coach: Quin Snyder

Key Position: Guards

Key Rookies: None

Key Acquisitions: F Bojan Bogdanovic (Indiana), G Mike Conley (Memphis), C Ed Davis (Brooklyn), F Jeff Green (Washington), G Emmanuel Mudiay (New York)

Starting Lineup: G Mike Conley, G Donovan Mitchell, F Bojan Bogdanovic, F Joe Ingles, C Rudy Gobert

Head Coach: Billy Donovan

Key Position: Everything

Key Rookies: F Darius Bazley

Key Acquisitions: F Danilo Gallinari (LA Clippers), G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LA Clippers), G Chris Paul (Houston)

Starting Lineup: G Chris Paul, G Terrance Ferguson, F Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, F Danilo Gallinari, C Steven Adams

Head Coach: Ryan Saunders

Key Position: Everything

Key Rookies: G Jarrett Culver

Key Acquisitions: F Jordan Bell (Golden State), G Treveon Graham (Brooklyn)

Starting Lineup: G Jeff Teague, G Treveon Graham, F Andrew Wiggins, F Robert Covington, C Karl-Anthony Towns

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